Health-driven restaurant brand to anchor new mixed-used development in Warehouse District
Stirling Properties commercial real estate company is pleased to announce that True Food Kitchen will be the anchor tenant in The Julia at Saint Charles, an upcoming mixed-use development in New Orleans’ Warehouse District. This marks the first Louisiana location for the Arizona-based restaurant brand.
True Food Kitchen is a health-driven, seasonal restaurant merging nutrient-rich ingredients with a flavor-forward menu that rotates regularly to let guests experience great tasting food and thoughtfully crafted beverages—shared in an environment of infectious positivity. Founded by a passionate collective of accomplished chefs, visionary restauranteurs and a renowned doctor of integrated medicine, the restaurant brand is rooted in a belief that delicious dining and conscious nutrition can go hand-in-hand, without sacrificing flavor, creativity or indulgence. Its menu caters to nearly every food preference with a variant of gluten-free, naturally organic, vegetarian and vegan offerings.
Founded in 2008, True Food Kitchen currently has 23 locations in 10 states including California, Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Florida, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. The restaurant brand plans to double the number of restaurants it operates over the next three years. True Food Kitchen in New Orleans will occupy over 6,000 square feet of space in addition to a 2,000 square foot outdoor patio located on the corner of Julia Street and St. Charles Avenue. It is expected to open in the summer of 2019.
The Julia at Saint Charles will feature over 16,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space including an exciting mix of local, national, and international retail tenants. In addition to the commercial area, the project comprises almost 200 luxury apartments and enclosed parking facility, which will be available to both the residents and public. Construction is underway, and suite delivery is slated for the 4th Quarter of 2018. The development is set to open in the 2nd Quarter of 2019.
Joe Gardner, CCIM and Carly Plotkin, Sales & Leasing Executives with Stirling Properties, are the listing agents for the retail portion of the property, along with Stuart Zall and Gerardo Aguinis with The Zall Company. John Middleton of MJK Advisors represented True Food Kitchen in the lease transaction. The project is being developed by Audubon Capital Partners of Boston, MA, and Woodward Design + Build.
“We are thrilled to welcome True Food Kitchen as the anchor tenant to The Julia. This is an exciting new-to-market concept—not only for New Orleans but the entire Gulf South region,” said Plotkin. “True Food Kitchen’s innovative food experience will fit perfectly in New Orleans’ vibrant culinary scene, and further solidify our area as an attractive retail destination. We look forward to announcing more great tenants to the development very soon.”